A Snapshot of Gratitude

By Hal Walter I don’t get a lot of photo assignments, but I wish I got more like the one this past Thanksgiving week. Publisher Mike Rosso emailed, overwhelmed with a production deadline and a move. He asked if I happened to know the Rusk family and if I could perhaps take pictures of them to […]

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The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

By Stephen L. Whittington The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) was founded in Leadville in 1987 and occupies the former high school building, built in 1899. In 1988, the U.S. Congress granted the NMHFM a Federal charter, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan. The NMHFM is an independent non-profit organization and […]

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Dispatch From the Edge

By Peter Anderson As you head into the good cheer of the holidays, you run into an old friend on the corner downtown between the bank and the post office who happens to be hauling a hydraulic wood splitter. And you have several piñons, decimated by an influx of beetles, which have been downed and […]

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Places: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

By Daniel Smith Nestled in the historically important San Luis Valley, the town of Conejos is the home of one of the early settlements in Colorado, dating back to the 1850s, and a religious treasure with a history appropriate to look back on at this Christmas season. Folk legend tells of a stubborn burro which […]

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Quillen’s Corner: The Conflicts Within

By Martha Quillen By October, I found myself thoroughly bewildered by conflicting viewpoints about Salida’s attorney, Ben Kahn. To hear local activists tell it, he is either terrific or incompetent, which put me in a wait and see mode. But then a candidate told me he thought getting rid of Kahn was an important objective, […]

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George Sibley: Down on the Ground with Chicago and L.A.

By George Sibley A quarter-century ago, shortly before starting this magazine, Ed Quillen wrote a major essay for High Country News – preceded by a two-day conference in Denver Ed had instigated with HCN publisher Ed Marston and the Pacific Foundation, assembling a motley of regional journalists, environmentalists, educators and other western thinkers to explore […]

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Farmer Far Afield: In Biology We Trust

By John Mattingly Fall is a seductive time. The changing colors, rich afternoon light and impending curiosity about the approach of winter. The hot days of summer become a memory and life in the garden moves to preparation rather than anticipation. Regardless of how difficult the summer, the summer solstice and Halloween feel like a […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: Brian Rill – Waterfall

Reviewed by Michael Andre To meet Brian Rill in person gives no clue of the talent and musicianship lying beneath his placid and easygoing exterior. He moves with decisiveness, but his languid way of speaking in a deep, rumbling baritone is more akin to the liquid flow of a river. Nowhere are these characteristics more […]

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Dispatch From the Edge

By Peter Anderson “How long are you going to be around?” my 13-year-old daughter asked Hester who was ringing up our groceries at the Mercantile. Some years ago, Hester, left town for a while after her husband died. More recently she returned and now has her old job back. Though I don’t know for sure […]

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Restaurant Review: Sangrita

By Elliot Jackson Sangrita 212 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO Open throughout the winter. Wed.-Thurs., “3 p.m. to close (or about 8 p.m.)” Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-close (8:30-9, traffic dependent). 719-626-4120

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Book Review: Richard Sopris in Early Denver

Richard Sopris in Early Denver by Linda Bjorklund History Press 2016, 138 pages ISBN 978.1 46713.593.1 Reviewed by Forrest Whitman Richard Sopris is one of the least known of the early Colorado influential leaders. This book should help correct that. A “fifty-niner,” arriving during the 1859 gold rush, he was one of the earliest miners […]

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